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Congratulations to Hillyard’s Taira Roth, Recipient of the 2019 Wynn Award by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by Lauren Catron on Mar 28, 2019 11:53:52 AM

PicWe would like to congratulate Taira Roth for being recognized as one of the recipients for the 2019 Wynn Award by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. 

Taira was honored during the annual Women’s Sports Luncheon in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, March 27th for her talent and athleticism in basketball and golf during her high school and college years.  

Taira was a two-sport athlete during her time at both Central High School and Missouri Western State University. In high school, she was a three-year varsity letter-winner in basketball, earning All-City honors as a senior. In golf, she placed seventh and sixth in the 1998 and 1999 state meets, respectively, helping the 1999 team to a third-place finish. At Missouri Western, she was part of the 2002 MIAA basketball championship team and named the university’s Female Athlete of the Year in both 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. She also was part of the inaugural Missouri Western women’s golf team.

“Athletics shaped me into who I am today. With sports, you learn to work hard for success, but more importantly, how to react when you work hard and fail,” says Taira. “I was always surrounded by great coaches and teammates. Each played an important role in helping me learn and grow as a person. I am very blessed for the influence they had on my life both on and off the court/course.”

Taira was one of six recipients for the Wynn Award, which is named after the late Dr. Mary Jo Wynn, pioneer of women’s athletics. The awards, which began in 2016, honor former high school and college standouts who made positive impacts in their respective sports, or individuals who made a significant impact on sports in Missouri.

“Dr. Mary Jo Wynn played a major role in women’s participation at the intercollege level. I am thankful for her drive so that I could be fortunate enough to play two women sports in college. I am honored to receive the Wynn Award,” Taira said.

Taira is currently the Operations Support Manager and works out of Springfield.

Please join us in congratulating Taira on this recognition!

Topics: Blog, College Basketball, Missouri Western, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

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